Governance

Context

The way UK-CAB works reflects the history and current development of the network.

UK-CAB was started by HIV i-Base in 2002. At the beginning, HIV i-Base advocates directed the programme . A Steering Group of members now directs the programme.

UK-CAB is a working network not a legal entity.

Current arrangements

UK-CAB is directed by a Steering Group drawn from its members.

The Steering Group:

  • Decides the work plan, in consultation with members
  • Agrees the programme for national UK-CAB meetings
  • Approves members
  • Deals with election and selection of community representatives
  • Appoints the secretariat
  • Sets and monitors the budget, in consultation with the secretariat
  • Seeks funds, in consultation with the secretariat
  • Develops the administrative and governance procedures for the network, in consultation with the secretariat and membership
  • Selects a Chair and Deputy Chair for UK-CAB from among its numbers
  • Appoints other voluntary officers as needed from among its number or the members

The Steering Group comprises:

  • 2-5 elected members including Chair and Deputy Chair
  • The UK-CAB rep on the BHIVA Executive Committee
  • A non voting secretariat representative, appointed by mutual agreement
  • Other non-voting advisers the Steering Group wishes to appoint

Only members living and working in the UK may join the Steering Group

Steering Group election process

Elections will be conducted via email. The secretariat will act as teller. A scrutineer will be appointed.

A description of the Steering Group role will be published on the message boards and/or website.

Candidates will provide a personal statement saying why they wish to be considered and how they will fulfill the role.

If requested, candidates will provide the name of another member who endorses them standing for election. Entry into the vote will depend on this member providing an endorsement.

A simple majority vote will determine the outcome. In the case of a tie the current or retiring Chair, or if there is no Chair, another current or retiring Steering Group member nominated before the election, will have a casting vote.

All members will be alerted to the deadline for offering themselves as a candidate and for voting.

All members will be alerted to the outcome.

Steering Group serving terms

Elected Steering Group members serve a term of 2 years. No more than 2 consecutive terms may be served.

The Chair and the Deputy Chair serve a term of 2 years. No more than 2 consecutive terms may be served.

The UK-CAB rep on the BHIVA Executive Committee serves for the duration of that office. Any number of consecutive terms may be served.

The Secretariat representative serves for 1 year. Any number of consecutive terms may be served.

Other non-voting advisers are co-opted on an annual basis. Any number of consecutive terms may be served.

Only members living and working in the UK may join the Steering Group

Resignation from the Steering Group

Steering Group members may resign by informing the Chair.

The Chair may resign by informing the rest of the Steering Group.

Removal from the Steering Group

Steering Group members who do not perform their role as expected may be removed from the Steering Group by agreement of the majority of other Steering Group members. This will be a last resort. There is a simple appeal procedure against removal, but the Steering Group’s decision is final.

Published: October 13, 2010
Last edited: March 7, 2013